2017/03/27

march favourites

One of the posting series that I try to do regularly are my monthly favourites post to show all of my new, most loved makeup ( and other skincare, haircare, ... ) of the month. So it won't be a surprise for you that I also wanted to upgrade my favourites for March ( click here for my February favourites ).

In advance, I wanted to say that this month wasn't really a very experimental or crazy makeup month for me, as I have more rediscovered old products and used lighter ones on my face on an everyday basis. So hopefully, you still can get a little inspiration out of this!


I discovered this handcream through a classmate who recommended it to me. Until now, I always swore on my Neutrogena Handcreams, but this Handsan Hand & Nail Cream totally changed the game. Not only does it smell amazingly and makes your hands the softest thing in the whole world, but also it only costs under 1,50€. So if that's not perfection in one tube, then I don't know what is.


I have this Studio Fix Powder ( in NW25 ) by MAC for quite some time, and even though I really liked it in the beginning, I somehow forgot about it and only rediscovered it again this month. I really like the matte finish and the colour currently is a perfect match for my skin tone. The only problem that I have with it is the thick consistency on the skin, which I nevertheless can prevent using a good moisturizer and a fixing spray.


May I present you the old and well-known the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara by Mayebelline? I don't really think that I will have to elaborate further on it, but if you still don't know it ... what were you doing until now with your life? I love it on its own for an everyday look, and paired with other mascara(s) for a more dramatic eye makeup. The volume and length it gives your lashes is really worth the + - 10€, believe me!


I still can't get over the fact that this Catrice Candy Shock Multicolour Highlighter ( in C01 Vanilla Love ) was only part of a limited edition collection. I love the marble effect and 'barely-there-but-still-dewy-cute' effect ( nice description, huh? ) on the high points of my face. The highlighter also was really really affortable, like all the Catrice stuff, and sooo worth the money! I really hope that they come out with a similar highlighter some day ( if they still haven't ).


The p2 Perfect Eyes refresher has not only a really cooling effect under your eyes, but it can also serve as a decent highlighter, which I use it mostly for. If you know the brand p2, you know how affortable everything from them is, and this little treasure is no exception to that. So if you're searching a good liquid highlighter or a cooling product for under your eyes, you totally should look into this one.


Last but definitely not least, I really rediscovered my two Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers ( in 020 Apricot Cream (the lighter one) and 040 Coffee To Go (the darker one) ). Both of them only give you a slight sheen with a little hint of colour. Also, I quite enjoyed how these could be used as nourrishing lipbalms aswell, so thumbs up for that! 


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2017/03/20

moschino pumps and bell sleeves





Scrolling through Instagram, I have seen many Bloggers, Youtubers and Fashion Influencers wearing bell sleeves these last couple of weeks and I really liked the style of them. So when I found this black Zara Pullover with bell sleeves for under 20€, it was obvious to me that I had to have it. The material is like the softest thing in the world and the quality seems to be quite good for that price point.



Even though I'm living in this pullover on an everyday basis ever since I've got it, I really wanted to see if I could also combine it with a more 'chic' look that would still be wearable. I then paired it with a simple pair of ANNARITA N skinny cropped trousers that feel almost like leggings. You even can detect a soft, blue-ish metallic touch, depending on the light, which I personally find very interesting. To make the outfit a little more special, I wore my beloved Moschino Boutique Pumps. I have to admit that they aren't the most comfortable shoe that I own, but certainly one of the most beautiful pairs in my collection. As I didn't have much to carry around, I went for my black Elisabetta Franchi Clutch. I also didn't want to take away any attention from the shoes, so I kept it light on the jewellry side with these Raindrop Earrings by Konplott in light beige.



Pullover - - - Zara
Trousers - - - ANNARITTA N
Shoes - - - Moschino Boutique

Bag - - - Elisabetta Franchi
Earrings - - - Konplott
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2017/03/14

First Impressions // p2 Pearl Dimension Eye Shadow + Quick Everyday Makeup Look


As I have already announced on Twitter, I have bought one of the p2 Pearl Dimension Eye Shadows a few days ago in Germany and so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it with you. 


I don't know why, but I'm really all about bronzy eye shadows right now as I love how they look with my eye colour. Nevertheless, I'm still searching for the perfect bronzy everyday shade, which is one of the main reasons why I bought this one. I liked almost every shade they had in this collection, but I then decided to go for the one in 090 Sandstone Dimension, a pretty golden shadow with minimal glitter particles.

For those who don't know the brand p2 : it's a German brand that is targeted for example at DM (which is basically the German edition of Boots). Their products have normally a quite good quality for a low price point. As I bought this eye shadow for 2,95€, I can't really argue that it was an exception in that way.

Nevertheless, I wasn't that satisfied when I first applied the shadow. 
   First problem : the colour transfer isn't as good as I had expected it to be. Even when I tried to apply it with a wet brush, it wouldn't give me the same intense colour that I had witnessed in the packaging and while swatching it on the back of my hand.
   My second problem was the glitter that landed all over my face, even though I only wanted a little shimmer on my lid. 

I can't say that the shadow is bad (especially for this price), but I definitely would stick with others over this one. I don't know if I have to test it out furthermore to find a more effective way to use it, but my first impression was more like 'yahhh, it's ... okay', and that's it (even though I loved the way it made the colour of my eyes stand out). So I guess the search for the perfect golden eye shadow continues, and I'll keep you updated if I should find a better way to use this one.


For this look, I have used the Kiko Skin Tone Corrector / Primer in the green tone to get my skin ready for the makeup. 

Next, I went in with two different foundations to make my skin more even and glowing. 
   The first one was L'Oréal's Infallible 24h Foundation (in 140 Golden Beige) which I applied on the forehead, the temples, the jawline aswell as the cheekbones and the chin. 
   The second one was Catrice's All Matt plus Foundation (in 015 Vanilla Beige) with which I 'filled in' the rest of my forehead, my nose and my cheeks, before blending everything out with my Beauty Blender.
   I like to use Zoeva's Buffer Brush from their Bambus Collection to apply the makeup before blending it out, but don't ask me why, I have no idea. (Oh and sorry that my Beauty Blender looks that gross on the picture, I just finished doing my makeup before taking photos of everything...)


For my concealer, I used (as always) the Fit me! Concealer (in 10), but I'm currently seaching for a new one, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know. 
I also like to contour my face both with a cream stick ( Fit me! anti-shine stick in 220 Natural Beige ) and a powder ( Benefit's Hoola Bronzer ).


To set everything in place, I went for my Essence fix&matt translucent loose powder which, by the way, won't really make your makeup more matte, but elsewise it does its job, so I wanted to use that one up before getting a new loose powder.

As a little 'extra something', I applied a little bit of Catrice's Defining Blush (in 090 Mandy-rine) to my cheeks, and dusted some of the Catrice MultiColour Highlighter (in C01 Vanilla Love), which unfortunately was limited edition, onto my cheek bones.


As you probably have recognized by now, I don't really do anything to my brows except for some gel to keep them in place. For this day, I went for the essence lash&brow gel mascara that I can only recommend.


To highlight my brow bone even more, I used some of p2's Perfect Eyes illuminator, and then directly went over to the eye shadow. I only used the p2 Pearl Dimension Eye Shadow on my whole lid and defined my crease with the same Hoola Bronzer that I had used earlier on. To finish off the eyes, I put on the Full Exposure Mascara by Smashbox and the little Clinique High Impact Mascara that you have seen earlier last week in my Clinique Haul.

For lips, I went for MAC's Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (in Back in Vogue), which I actually don't like that much but I guess I was in the mood, sooo here we go. To finish the whole makeup look, I sprayed on some Mist&Fix Setting Spray by Barry M. that I'm currently trying out, and that's it!


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2017/03/09

clinique haul

If you follow me on Twitter (which I have for a good week now and am totally obsessed with), you probably have seen what happens when I'm entering a shop to look for an eyecream. Strangely, I have only chosen things from Clinique, which normally isn't my go-to brand, but somehow I was drawn to it this time. And so here we are again with a little haul, but which is dedicated to Clinique for once!


So first of all, I got the Clinique Sonic System which is actually a cleansing brush that vibrates and promises to give you a more glowing, even complexion. I wanted to try out the Clarasonic one for a really long time, but when I saw this one (which is around 80€ cheaper than the Clarasonic one), I decided to try it out. I haven't yet tried it out, so I'm not able to give you a review on it, but as soon as I have tested it out for some time and made up my opinion about it, I'll let you know.


To go with my Sonic System I also bought a cleansing brush which traded for around 30€. Personally, I find it quite expensive for a little brush, but on the other hand, the packaging of the machine itself says that you're recommended to change the brush every 3 months, so I guess that's an okay-price then. I got the baby blue brush, which is good for skin with imperfections (which is quite a nice word for my skin's current stade).


Uh, and before you ask : here's the reason I went into the store! I'm sure that 99,9% of you know the Clinique All About Eyes cream. I bought it for around 27€ which is okay for an eye cream in my opinion. I haven't really used a good eye cream before, but after hearing such good things about this one, I was sure that I would have to try it out.


And then, my personal favorite : this little Clinique Goodie Bag! I got it for nothing and not only does the case itself looks ultimately cute, but also the products are gorgeous. I love the variety that is offered and am excited to try everything.


In the Goodie Bag were not only the Clinique Pep-Star eye cream, that I have tried out once until know (and actually really like), but also the Clinique High Impact Mascara in black (which seems to be quite nice aswell) and the Clinique Chubby Stick in 04 Mega Melon (that I owned previously already in full-size).


Last but definitely not least, the Goodie Bag included the Clinique Pep-Start Exfoliating Cleanser (that I really hope that I will like) and a little moisturizing Cream.

I'm really excited to try everything and hopefully, I'll end up liking the products. I probably won't do a review on all of these, but I'll share my opinion on Twitter with you and will be doing a full-on review about the Sonic System. 

Until then, have a nice day!

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2017/03/08

saint or sinner?


When I first discovered the online shop Subdued, I was sooo happy. I immediately fell in love with two pullovers that I had never seen anywhere before. I ended up getting both. No regrets! 
I wore one of them last Saturday when I went to the museum ( post too come ) and had to learn. It's the most comfortable and beautiful fabric ever, and I love the print on both arms (Saint - Sinner) and on the front. I find it hard to find a hoodie that looks somehow more special and still is affortable. Let's call this one a 'hoodie with a twist', which I personally am a big fan off.



So my focus for this outfit was to pair the hoodie in a way that would somehow elevate the total look while being wearable and comfy. I went for my favorite black trousers by Topshop and a faux fur jacket by Liu Jo. I then paired my new tights from Calzedonia (love love love!), basic Puma socks and my Adidas Stan Smith sneakers (sorry that they look so dirty). To finish up, I wore my favorite choker and my little necklace from Topshop, aswell as a mauvy bag by Furla




The weather was really crappy, so the location choice was limited and my hair (believe it or not) looked good when I left at home. So sorry for that!

I also just wanted to quickly wish everybody a Happy International Women's Day, and point out that I have created a Twitter Account where I will try to be as active as possible! So I hope to see and hear from you around there. 








Hoodie - - - Subdued
Trousers - - - Topshop
Faux Fur Jacket - - - Liu Jo

Tights - - - Calzedonia
Socks - - - Puma
Shoes - - - Adidas Stan Smith

Bag - - - Furla
Choker & Necklace - - - Topshop
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2017/03/05

February Favorites


Hey there!

I quickly wanted to show you my makeup favorites for the month of February. Enjoy!


PREP

Before applying any type of makeup to my skin, I currently enjoy to use the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer that everybody is raving about. And I have to admit, I really get why! It doesn't make me break out while it hides every enlarged pore and makes my foundation look flawless. My personal favorite side effect of it is that it prevents my skin from getting greasy. Currently, I'm only using a little testing size but I'm pretty sure that I'll get the full-size once this one's empty.

My lips caused me quite some problems this month aswell, because they were sooo dry that it actually hurt. The best product I could find to help me with that little problem of mine was the Dr. Pierre Ricaud Baume Lèvres Réparateur. My grandma bought it for me, but I'm pretty sure you can find this one online aswell (for example here).

MAKE-UP

My two current favorites are the Catrice All Matt plus Foundation in 015 Vanilla Beige and the Maybelline Dream Satin Fluide Foundation in 21 Nude/Beige Doré. As I don't have a foundation that is currently perfectly matching my skin tone and I didn't want to buy yet another foundation (as I have too many already), I figured I could simply mix these two, which gets me just the shade and finish I'm looking for.
Both are from the drugstore (so really affortable) and good quality. They didn't make me break out or anything like that, so if you're looking for a good foundation (and don't want to splurge on an expensive one), I'd recommend these two.



HIGHLIGHTER

This month I really got into highlighting and contouring my face. While I still use my Hoola Bronzer for the contouring part (and didn't want to annoy you by showing it again), I rediscovered this highlighter called Multicolour System Highlighting Powder by Inglot in 83 and really wanted to share it as a quick tipp. It eventually broke a little while I was travelling but that couldn't stop me from using it almost every day when I wore makeup. In my opinion, Inglot is a really beautiful brand with a huge variety of shades and products for a good price, but I find that it doesn't get the needed attention. I do have tested quite a few products of them and haven't found any bad product yet, so I really think that it's worth mentionning and checking out.

MASCARA

Again, I really discovered Smashbox products for myself this month. One of my favorites was this Full Explosure Mascara that I have in a testing size (again) and will definitely repurchase. I have found quite a few good mascaras over the years, but this one was really standing out to me. Not only gets it your lashes to look more volumous, but it also gives you length, definition and blackness all at once, so you don't have to use a few different mascaras to get the perfect look.



LIPS

Last but not least, I wanted to show you one of my most worn lipsticks for February which was Maybelline's Color Sensational Lipstick in 630 Velvet Beige. It really is a beautiful rosy-beige color (I'm not sure if you can see that sooo well on the picture, but I tried... sorry for that). The lipstick gives you a light sheen while still being quite pigmented, and that's about everything I ask for in a lipstick. It doesn't last quite as good (because of the finish probably), but with a good lipliner it will definitely get you through the day.

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2017/03/02

Hair care tips

To complement my other, hair-themed post (where I show you my favorite hair care products), I wanted to give a few random tipps for healthy hair that I follow (un)consciously. So I thought, if they help me so much with my hair, why not share them with you so that they may be helpful to you, too?

1. reduce blowdrying to a minimum + don't use too much heat on your hair


I know. By now, you must've heart this one about a billion times, but it really makes a huge difference. I figured out that if you don't use your blowdryer as much, but wash your hair in the evening, do some braids (or not) and just go to bed, your hair will be just perfectly fine the other day, it doesn't get greasy as quick, and it will be healthier over a longer period of time. Oh and if you have to use heat on your hair, don't forget to prep it with some heat-protector!

2. don't wash it too often

The more you wash your hair, the quicker it gets greasy and sensitive. It's a vicious circle that many people (especially girls) are in, and I totally get why. Having dance classes almost every day, I know the temptation of washing my hair every day. But it really is sooo bad for it.
That's why I figured out that I would try and wash it only every third day. On the first day, I just let it open in its 'natural' form ; the second day, I put some dry shampoo in it (the ones from Baptiste are really nice) ; and the last day, I put it up into a bun or a ponytail or something like that, before washing it.

3. wash you hair in the evening

If you wash your hair in the evening, you normally have more time to care for it (with masks, conditionner, post-wash products, etc.). You also aren't as tempted to blowdry it, as you can simply put it into braids or a bun to go to sleep. The new day you have some waves, your hair is dry and you prevented the damage that the heat would've caused.

4. more is less

I don't remember who told me about the following tipp, but I honestly have to say that it has changed my hair game forever. Using too many products can cause more damage than it actually prevents, so I guess that the motto for hair care is (just as for skin care, too) : More is less! Normally, one should use up to 3 products (max.) at a time, so that the hair can soak those in and not be over-nourished (which makes it greasy again, so you have to wash it more often, etc. You get the idea, I guess)

5. sleep

Who doesn't know the bothering tangles that one often have in the morning? I always try to braid my hair or put it up into a loose ponytail before I go to bed. This way, I don't have the tangles in the morning, and I even get some nice waves. I guess that is what one would call a win-win-situation.

6. baby hair

I often had the problem with the little baby-hairs that didn't want to go into my ponytail and just kept standing out on every side, no matter how much products or/and bobbypins I used. One very simple and quick way of preventing this 'baby hair' from sticking out is to use the left-over hand cream on your hands and simply go over the little hair. This way, it'll stick to your hair, I promise.
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